Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North



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Meetings at City Hall Dec 15 – 19

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, December 15, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • 2015 Budget Directions and Timetable
  • Purchase of Night Vision Devices and Goggles
  • Board Discretionary Fund – 2014 Annual Report
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries and Motions – December 2014
  • Letters of Commendation

Meetings at City Hall Dec 8 – 12

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Public Library Board – Monday, December 8, 5:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Nominating Committee – Tuesday, December 9, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Appointments to Standing Committees, Transit Commission and Sub-Committees – 2014-2018 Council term
  • Appointments to boards – 2014-2018 Council term
  • Appointment of selection panels for boards, advisory committees and the Committee of Adjustment – 2014-2018 Council term
  • Appointments to external agencies – 2014-2018 Council Term

Accessibility Advisory Committee – Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, December 10, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Nordion’s Community Cafe

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Nordion invites people who live and work within their community to an information session—called Nordion’s Community Café. Starting at 6:00 pm, Nordion will host attendees at The Brookstreet Hotel for 30 minutes of networking over refreshments and snacks, a 30-minute information session on Nordion products and services and its Environmental Health and Safety program, and a 30-minute Q&A.



The Brier is coming to Ottawa

Mayor Jim Watson announced today (Nov 21) in an online video that Ottawa will host the Canadian Videogame Awards in 2017.

“As Canada’s most-wired city, Ottawa is an ideal place to host the Canadian Videogame Awards,” said Mayor Watson. “In conjunction with the awards the City will also host a videogame championship. We will even project semi-final and final matches onto the exterior walls of several buildings in the city, making this an exciting addition to the growing list of programming for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. For the computer industry, and gamers everywhere, Ottawa will be the place to be in 2017.”

Ottawa is currently home to 23 videogame companies and Canada is the third-largest producer of videogames in the world. The worldwide videogame market was worth an estimated $93 billion in 2013.

“This event is solid evidence of an excellent partnership that exists between the City of Ottawa and the local tourism players,” said Noel Buckley, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “We are proud supporter of the Awards and look forward to many more high profile events as we ramp our efforts for the big year in 2017”.

The 2017 Canadian Videogame Awards gala will generate up to one million dollars in local economic benefits. The associated videogame championship ‎is expected to bring many more visitors and consequently additional economic benefit. These events will also increase Ottawa’s international profile as a destination for innovative talent.

The 2017 Canadian Videogame Awards have been brought to the City through the Bid More, Win More, Host More program, which is attracting world-class events to Ottawa as a means of promoting economic prosperity and growth. As a central component of the City’s Economic Development Strategy, the combination of bids won and events hosted has resulted in close to $42 million for Ottawa’s economy. Future events that have been confirmed, including the Brier and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada, will result in up to an additional $37 million in local economic benefits.

Survey: Help Ottawa Police improve response to crimes of violence against women

University of Ottawa Department of Criminology:

Are you a woman who has experienced violence?

Have you had contact with the Ottawa Police Service because of this violent experience?

Are you 18 years of age or older?

If you answered YES to these questions, we’re very interested in hearing from you. We invite you to participate in a new study that will help the Ottawa Police Service improve their response to crimes of violence against women.

We’re hoping to hear from as many women as possible. You have the choice to participate by completing a questionnaire online, over the phone, or in person.  This survey is being conducted independently of the Ottawa Police Service and local social service agencies.

To access the survey online go to

If you would like to complete the survey over the telephone or in person, or if you have any questions about this study, please contact: Professor Holly Johnson, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa, at 613-400-0340. We’ll get back to you to schedule a convenient time and place to speak.

If you prefer to meet us for an interview and you require financial assistance, we can help out with bus tickets.

The deadline for participation is January 31, 2015.

SENS RINK of Dreams opens for the season

It’s time to dust off your skates for another season of great winter fun. The SENS RINK of Dreams is now open for skating at Ottawa City Hall, Marion Dewar Plaza.

“I am pleased to officially open the third season of skating on the newly-named SENS RINK of Dreams,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Last year, close to 60,000 residents enjoyed this gift from the Ottawa Senators Foundation. We are all looking forward to another busy, fun and safe skating season.”

“Skating on outdoor rinks is part of our culture and a great way to encourage physical activity for children and families in our community,” said Danielle Robinson, president and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “The SENS RINK program is our gift back ensuring that kids always have a place to play.”

The SENS RINK of Dreams will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (weather permitting) including holidays, and will remain open until the end of the skating season in March 2015. Residents should check for the green flag at the rink to make sure the rink is open, or check for updates.

A heated changing facility is available daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Skaters need to bring their own skates as skate rental services are not available on site. Please note that certified multi-impact helmets are strongly recommended.

After skating on the state-of-the-art refrigerated ice rink, you can warm up inside Ottawa City Hall and visit the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery, Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Karsh-Masson Gallery.  All are free of charge.

The SENS RINK of Dreams first opened on January 25, 2012. It was installed at Marion Dewar Plaza in a partnership between the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Senators Foundation as part of the Foundation’s Sens Recreational Investments in Neighbourhoods for Kids (RINK) program. It operates annually from November to March, seven days a week, and serves as a community space during the spring and summer months.

Dec 6: OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive

Join with me on Saturday December 6th from 9am – 6pm at Loblaw’s Centrum, to help by donating food or cash to the Kanata Food Cupboard. Please help those in need this holiday season and fill the holiday buses with your donations. Non-perishable items only, including rice, soup, tuna, pasta, diapers, baby food, baby formula, peanut butter, tomato sauce and powdered milk.  Then at 5:30 pm go to their warehouse for a kick off to the Christmas Program and to help unload the buses.  Details at

Kanata North Christmas Party and sealing of Time Capsule Vault

Xmas ParadeDECEMBER 6th – From 10 am to noon bring you children and grandchildren to the Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata (RRCK), 4101 Innovation Drive, for a fun time.  Children can decorate a gingerbread figure to take home and will receive a passport to activities – Frosty’s snowball toss, tissue paper wreath, stocking decorating, wreath toss, hot chocolate, candy cane ornament, Santa’s shuffle race, and Pin the Nose on Rudolph.  They can also pass on their wishes to Santa.

Children (and their families) can also fill in one of the bamboo time capsules that will be placed in the vault under the stairs to be opened on the 50th anniversary of the RRCK, December 2063!  Bring photos, small mementos, and messages to the future to place in one of the time capsules.  Art work made during the party can be added.  Then take part in a special ceremony to add all of the time capsule’s that have been returned into the vault and close the lid – an event for your children to remember.  Each person filling a capsule will receive a certificate with their capsule number.

Meetings at City Hall Nov 24-28

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, November 24, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • Presentation on Violence Against Women – Chief’s Priority
  • National Capital Area Crime Stoppers – Semi-annual Report
  • 2015 Police Services Board Meeting Schedule
  • Appointment of Special Constables
  • 2014 Ottawa Police Gala Update
  • Financial Status Report – Third Quarter 2014
  • Performance Report – Third Quarter 2014
  • Workforce Management Report – Third Quarter 2014
  • Complaints Report – Part V – Police Services Act – Third Quarter 2014
  • Legal Services Status Report – Third Quarter 2014
  • Board Monitoring Requirements Status Report – Third Quarter 2014
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries and Motions –  November 2014
  • Letters of Commendation

Planning Committee – Tuesday, November 25, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Designation of 66 and 78 Lisgar Street Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application for New Construction on Lyttleton Avenue, (PIN: 042280202) a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Application to Alter 241 Park Road, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Designation of the Hartin Hotel, 1993 Robertson Road, Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Status Update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending November 18, 2014
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1590 Belcourt Boulevard
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 2570 Old Second Line Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 3581 John Shaw Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1872 Merivale Road and 530 and 540 West Hunt Club Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 67-71 Marquette Avenue
  • Zoning – Anomaly – 460 St. Laurent Boulevard
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 4660 Farmers Way
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 5832 Bank Street
  • 2014 Zoning Review – Official Plan Implementation for Major Hubs and Corridors
  • Mural on 264 Fourth Avenue

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, November 26, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Information Session on Richardson Ridge Phase II Blasting

For residents near Richardson’s Ridge, particularly Kanata Estates, there will be a Blasting Information Session this Tuesday November 25th from 7:30-pm at the Beaverbrook Library, 2500 Campeau Drive (Mlacak Centre).  Blasting of hard granite will begin on December 1st and will continue for approximately 4 months with a shut down over the holiday period Dec 19 – Jan 5th. Representatives from the Contractors and Consultants conducting the work will be present to discuss the topic and answer your questions.

Click on image below to view the information package.

Information Package

RRCK Climbing wall

photo 2The gym at the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata now has a    beautiful new climbing wall.  The RRCK Rock climbing wall is
made out of Rusian birch plywood 25 mm and stands 24 feet tall. The wall has 5 different
routes and is equipped with 5 auto belays
& top rope belay.

Kids and adults of all ages and abilities are welcomed to try
climbing.  Kids under the age of 12 must have a parent or
guardian over the age of 16 with them while climbing.

There will be barcode instruction classes and birthday parties
available in January.  All necessary equipment and harnesses
will be provided  and no experience is necessary.

Footwear must be worn, rock wall shoes are encouraged but
not provided please no chalk.

Cost for an hour of climbing:
1-12yrs  =  $5.00
13-17yrs  =  $7.50



Wild Bird Photography Contest

This is a very exciting opportunity for local bird enthusiasts.  Send up to three wild bird photos via email to  All the images submitted will be brought together to create a slideshow to showcase not only the birds from the National Capital Region but also the talent of our local bird photographers.

The slideshow will be presented before and after the formal presentation of the December Wildlife Speaker Series.  A jury (which includes Ottawa Citizen journalist Bruce DiLabio, the Photo Editor from Canadian Geographic as well as a City of Ottawa Professional Photographer) will select five winning entries which will be printed and displayed for a limited time at City Hall as well as on Contest closes on December 1, 2014.

Further information as well as rules and regulations can be found here: .

Please share this with anyone you feel might be interested. Information on the December 9th event

Winter is for the Birds

The final Wildlife Speaker Series of 2014 is going to be a very exciting one!  The topic this time is “Winter is for the Birds” and our speaker is none other than renowned birder and Ottawa Citizen columnist Bruce Di Labio!  We are also very excited to announce our Bird Photography Photo Contest!

Many residents enjoy watching, feeding and photographing wild birds.  Although many of our local birds fly south for the winter, others remain here year round.  Some birds from farther north fly to Ottawa and spend their winters here! This event will focus on Ottawa’s birds, and how they survive (and even thrive!) in the winter.  This is the final event to be held in 2014.

Renowned local birder, Bruce Di Labio, will speak about how Ottawa’s birds spend their winters in and around Ottawa.  Bruce had led bird watching groups locally and internationally for many years.  He also writes about birds in various publications, including the weekly World of Birds column in the Ottawa Citizen.

A nature slideshow showcasing local bird enthusiasts photos, as well as an environmental exposition will be offered for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife, natural environment and local environmental initiatives.  This event is free of charge.

Tues, Dec 9th
Ben Franklin Place101 Centrepoint Drive

6:00pm –  Nature/environment expo begins
7:00pm –  Formal presentation begins
8:00pm –  Continuation of Expo
9:00pm –  Event End


Order of Ottawa 2014

I was honoured to congratulate David Gourlay and Gary Sealey (bio’s below) on being two of 15 outstanding residents inducted into the Order of Ottawa November 20th. More than 100 nominations were received and recipients were chosen by a selection committee comprised the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and the CEO, Library Services.

I have had the pleasure of working closely with both David and Gary for many years.  Each is a passionate, accomplished and community oriented individual. These awards are very well deserved.

“I am honoured to award the 2014 Order of Ottawa to these 15 remarkable people in recognition of their outstanding contributions to our city,” said Mayor Watson. “These individuals have helped make Ottawa better through their professional work and have demonstrated how one person’s actions can make a difference in the lives of others in our community.”

Those inducted into the Order of Ottawa in 2014 are: Dr. Angel Arnaout, Dr. Tim Aubry, Mariette Carrier-Fraser, Barbara Crook, Nicole Fortier, Dr. Qais Ghanem, David Gourlay, Greg Kane, Q.C., Gilles LeVasseur, Glenn McInnes, Peter Morel, Tom Schonberg, Gary Sealey, Jesse Stewart, PhD, and Mary Wiggin.

If you would like to email your congratulations to David and/or Gary you can send them to me at, I will pass them along.

Gary and David

David Gourlay: For the past three years, David Gourlay led efforts for the return of a CAN-AM professional baseball team in Ottawa. As the founder of the “Champions for Ottawa Baseball,” he sold over 3,000 season-ticket deposits to business investors and fans. With his leadership the City of Ottawa will welcome the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club to the Ottawa Stadium in 2015 where Mr. Gourlay will act as President. He serves as a trustee on the Ottawa Public Library Board and is a former Director on the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation that supports vulnerable youth in their pursuit of higher education.

He is the President of the Miracle League of Ottawa, a not-for-profit group whose goal is to build the first ever in Canada purpose-built baseball field, playground and recreation hub for children with special needs in Ottawa. He has secured close to $1M in funding from the City of Ottawa, community organizations and corporate and foundation sponsors, with construction planned to begin in Orléans in the spring of 2015.

Gary Sealey:  In 1984 Mr. Sealey established Ottawa’s Club Moustache, renamed Time Out, serving as first President of this bilingual, recreational and social club, building bridges of understanding between gay, lesbian and other populations through sports and recreation. He founded Lambda Foundation, a national charity endowing annual scholarships at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and other universities and high schools in human rights studies related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex conditions and achievements. From 1991 to 2006, Mr. Sealey created and produced Wilde About Sappho, a community-based gay and lesbian literature festival.

From his international work with the Global Network on Food Security, Servas President and International Peace representative to the UN, as well as serving four terms as President of the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association (KBCA) up to 2014, and a total of seven years with the Board, Gary Sealey offers a strong local community voice with international insights on many municipally-based issues.

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Meetings at City Hall Nov 17-21

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, November 17, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Medical Officer of Health Verbal Report
  • Update on Ottawa Public Health’s Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) Preparedness Measures
  • Let’s Clear the Air: An Update on the Renewed Strategy for a Smoke-Free Ottawa
  • Moving Forward on Active Transportation in Ottawa
  • Transparent Reporting Practices
  • Q3 Update: Ottawa Board of Health Public Health Funding and Accountability Agreement – Indicators
  • 2014 Operating Budget Q3 – Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit Status
  • Delegation of Authority – Contracts Awarded for the Period of July 1 to September 30, 2014

Ottawa Public Library Board – Monday, November 17, 5 p.m., Festival Boardroom

Community Services Advisory Committee – Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee – Thursday, November 20, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Public Open House Updated Flood Plain Mapping for Ottawa River


WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4-8 PM
WHERE: Roly Armitage Hall, West Carleton Ward Office
5670 Carp Road, Kinburn, ON

WHY: Updated Flood Risk Mapping in the City of Ottawa: Public Consultation Draft Mapping Completed for Ottawa River from Morris Island to Shirley’s Bay.

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority has just completed the draft updated flood risk mapping for the Ottawa River from the outlet of the Mississippi River at Morris Island to Shirley’s Bay. The project has identified flood prone areas (areas that are expected to be inundated during an extreme flood) along the river.

The public are encouraged to attend the public open house and/or provide comments on the draft mapping completed for this area.

The draft maps are available for viewing at Contact Matt Craig, MVCA Manager of Planning and Regulations for more information, 613.253.0006 ext. 226.

Identifying lands that are vulnerable to flooding is an important responsibility for Ontario’s Conservation Authorities. In 2014, MVCA completed the second phase of a five year undertaking of updating flood risk mapping studies on water courses within the City of Ottawa. Conservation Authorities use the mapping in the administration of hazardous lands.

Snow Removal Services: What Consumers Need to Know

As winter approaches, the City of Ottawa would like to remind residents that while many people who come to your door offering snow removal services are legitimate, you should always be diligent before making a purchase.

Before you hear a sales pitch at your door, remember:  

  • Always ask a salesperson to identify themselves by showing you company issued identification or some other form of photo identification. Make note of their name and the business they represent.
  • Never share personal information (for example, a utility bill).
  • Never leave the salesperson unattended in any room of your home. If you feel threatened or intimidated, ask them to leave. If they refuse, call the police.
  • Local utility companies, the City of Ottawa and government agencies don’t send salespeople door-to-door.

Always know who you’re doing business with.           

  • Be wary of high pressure sales tactics and “limited time only” signing incentives.   A good company will be willing to give you time to make up your mind.
  • Go online and look for customer reviews. A reputable company will be registered with the Better Business Bureau and be able to give you strong references.

Know the terms of the contract before you sign.   

  • Always make sure you get a detailed contract in writing. Read it carefully before signing anything. Scrutinize the fine print and know your cancellation rights.
  • Make sure the company name on promotional material matches the company name on the contract. 
  • Be suspicious if the company requires payment in full before the work is started. A staggered payment model using post-dated cheques, for example, is considered an industry best practice. 
  • Request a copy of the contract and keep it for your records.

Having second thoughts? Know your rights. 

  • The Ontario Consumer Protection Act gives you special rights when you buy something in your home. For example, you have 10 days to cancel a contract for whatever reason. For more information about your rights, visit the Ministry of Consumer Services website or contact the ministry directly at 1-800-889-9768.

Be Aware of Snow Removal Scams

In these scams, a con artist will take payment for a whole season of snow removal and then never return. To avoid being scammed:

  • Never pay for a whole season of snow removal unless you have a good relationship with a reputable company. If you are required to make a deposit, keep it low and make staggered payments over the term of the contract.
  • Ask to see proof that the company has an active Snow Plow Contractor business license issued by the City of Ottawa. A listing of licensed snow plow contractors is available on
  • Check the reputation of the company with your neighbours and go online for customer reviews and ratings. Ask if the company is registered with the Better Business Bureau and able to give you references from local clients.

All snow plow contractors licensed by the City of Ottawa are required to:

  • Have an active City of Ottawa Business License.
  • Have a City of Ottawa snow plow numbered plate prominently affixed to every snow plow vehicle.
  • Have a sign showing the name and telephone number of the business on both sides of every snow plow vehicle.
  • Ensure that snow removal vehicles do not throw, push, dump or otherwise deposit snow or ice on a street.
  • Keep a record of all contracts with the entries transcribed in ink in a clear and legible manner, or in a recording system.

Failure to comply with these requirements may constitute a violation. If you suspect a snow removal contractor does not have a City of Ottawa License, or has failed to comply with the above mentioned requirements, please call 3-1-1.

Meetings at City Hall Nov 10 – 14

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on, or call 3-1-1.

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, November 13, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Chair’s Update
  • Video presentation of the 2014 Heritage Tour
  • Application for New Construction on Lyttleton Gardens (Pin: 042280202), a Property Designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Application to Alter 241 Park Road, a Property Designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Designation of the Hartin Hotel, 1993 Robertson Road under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act

French Language Services Committee – Thursday, November 13, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room


Kanata Santa Claus Parade

Yes it’s that time of the year.  The annual Kanata Christmas Parade is on Saturday November 15th starting at 10 am from Terry Fox and Castlefrank to the Hazeldean Mall.  Bring your food and financial donations for the Kanata Food Cupboard and enjoy a great parade.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

The frightening event that occurred on October 22nd at the National War Memorial makes it even more important to participate in Remembrance Day events.  In Kanata the Kanata Legion organizes a moving event at the Kanata Cenotaph on Colchester.  This year we will also be remembering Cpl. Nathan Cirillo along with others who have given their lives for our country. Please join me there and remember.

Mandatory carbon monoxide alarms

The City of Ottawa wants to remind all residents that, just like smoke alarms, working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are now mandatory for all homes in Ontario.

On October 14 the Province of Ontario announced that the Ontario Fire Code now makes it mandatory to have CO alarms in most residential properties. Any residential property with a gas-fired appliance or attached garage must have an alarm. These must be installed near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units.

It also declared the first week of November as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Owners of properties with six or fewer residences have six months to comply and those with more than six residential units have one year to comply.

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms should be tested at least once a month and replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When you change your clocks this weekend, also change the batteries in all your household alarms and emergency kits.

If the audible trouble signal sounds on your alarm:

·         Check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it.

·         If it still sounds, or you suspect CO in your home, have everyone in the home exit to the outdoors and then call 9-1-1.

·         Remain at the fresh air location until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Find out more on carbon monoxide safety at